High Court dismisses Omaruru councillor's urgent application

04 Jan 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 04 JAN (NAMPA) – High Court Judge Kato van Niekerk on Friday dismissed the urgent application filed by the four suspended town councillors of Omaruru town.
The councillors had put in an urgent application requesting the High Court to nullify their suspension and order their re-instatement.
Judge Van Niekerk however said she found insufficient grounds for the application to be heard as an “urgent” matter.
The judge dismissed their application with costs, ordering the four councillors to shoulder the legal costs of the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) in this matter.
The four local authority councillors of Omaruru are Mayor Vincent Kahua (Nudo), Deputy Mayor Albertus !Naruseb (RDP), Christiaan Nanuseb (UDF) and Kretensia Gariseb (RDP).
They were suspended without pay on 16 December 2013 by Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister Charles Namoloh.
The councillors had sought to challenge Namoloh's decision to suspend the whole seven-member town council, arguing that their suspension was not in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities Act.
They were suspended pending further investigations into irregularities at the town council, such as the alleged illegal acquisition of campsites and houses by the councillors.
Van Niekerk said she would give the reasons for her ruling sometime later.
The four councillors were represented by Senior Counsel Gerson Hinda, while the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development was represented by Windhoek lawyer Sisa Namandje.